While President Barack Obama is declining to endorse a successor yet, he is kinda-sorta gesturing toward Hillary Clinton, who is running a campaign promising to pretty much extend all of Obama's policies.
- There continues to be wintery weather in January for some reason.
- The University of Missouri communications professor who infamously was captured on camera trying to physically censor journalists on campus has been charged with misdemeanor simple assault.
- Maryland's legislature has overridden the governor's veto of a bill that offered modest civil police asset forfeiture reforms and a bill decriminalizing possession of objects used to smoke marijuana like bongs and papers (the state had previously turned possession of marijuana itself into a civil, not criminal violation).
- A British explorer who was attempting the first unassisted solo crossing of Antarctica has died after 71 days, within 30 miles of achieving the goal.
- Today the trial began for rookie New York Police Department Officer Peter Liang, who faces manslaughter and negligent homicide charges for recklessly opening fire in a public housing unit stairwell, killing Akai Gurley.
New at Reason:
- How Long Could the U.S. Go Without Electricity?
Ted Koppel's latest book explores the effects of EMP weapons.
By A. Barton Hinkle
- Should Charter Schools Be Allowed to Push Out Difficult Kids?
Q&A with Robert Pondiscio on Success Academy and the 'Got-to-Go' controversy.
By Nick Gillespie and Jim Epstein